Coverdale Bible

In 1535, Myles Coverdale, an Augustinian friar influenced by the works of Martin Luther and other reformers, translated and produced the first complete English Bible ever printed. Coverdale continued the work of William Tyndale’s translation. Tyndale had successfully translated the New Testament, the Pentateuch and the book of Jonah, but his preaching against some of the Roman Catholic church's practices led him to be declared a heretic, arrested and executed. For the remainder of the work, Coverdale leaned on German and Latin sources rather than the Hebrew and Greek texts consulted by Tyndale. The Coverdale Bible would influence virtually every English language Bible to follow, including the monarchy’s first authorized versions which would be legally printed in England just a few years later.

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